"Malice" by Keigo Higashino

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Note: the book club meet following this one will be on 30th July ,"We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves" by Karen Joy Fowler", and a month thereafter on 27th August, "Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind" by Yuval Noah Harari (non fiction).

• What we'll do
Finish reading the book beforehand (not a must, but highly recommended unless you don't mind spoilers!), then join us in person and share your insights over a meal and/or drink(s) at the ground floor restaurant of Arte Hotel in Sukhumvit Soi 19 close to Terminal 21 Mall.

Approximately 287 pages. Available at Kinokuniya Bookstore (Paragon or Emquartier, but not at Central World) for 331 baht. As a kindle ebook on amazon.com it costs $9.99 US dollars. Alternatively, you may go for the audiobook version on audible.com.

Acclaimed bestselling novelist Kunihiko Hidaka is found brutally murdered in his home on the night before he's planning to leave Japan and relocate to Vancouver. His body is found in his office, a locked room, within his locked house, by his wife and his best friend, both of whom have rock solid alibis. Or so it seems.

At the crime scene, Police Detective Kyochiro Kaga recognizes Hidaka's best friend, Osamu Nonoguchi. Years ago when they were both teachers, they were colleagues at the same public school. Kaga went on to join the police force while Nonoguchi eventually left to become a full-time writer, though with not nearly the success of his friend Hidaka.

As Kaga investigates, he eventually uncovers evidence that indicates that the two writers' relationship was very different that they claimed, that they were anything but best friends. But the question before Kaga isn't necessarily who, or how, but why. In a brilliantly realized tale of cat and mouse, the detective and the killer battle over the truth of the past and how events that led to the murder really unfolded. And if Kaga isn't able to uncover and prove why the murder was committed, then the truth may never come out.

Malice is one of the bestselling—the most acclaimed—novel in Keigo Higashino's series featuring police detective Kyochiro Kaga, one of the most popular creations of the bestselling novelist in Asia.

• Important to know
No entrance fee, no membership fees. Use of hotel restaurant facilities are free so please feel free to order a meal and/or a drink or two.